Having the Vibration Analysis Data Alone doesn’t Fix Anything

March 21, 2017

First and foremost vibration data setups must be properly configured to allow the correct results to be collected thus allowing the analyst to interpret the vibration data for defects. The defect findings should be presented in a manner that the personnel that are responsible for the repair of the equipment now have the necessary information […]






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The importance of proper sensor installation when performing vibration analysis

May 17, 2016

Guest post by Karl Hoffower – Condition Monitoring and Reliability Expert for Failure Prevention Associates Location and placement of your sensors are crucially important when doing predictive vibration analysis. 1) Below is an example of proper sensor installation on a cooling tower gearbox. These two sensors are placed in different directions to follow both the gearbox vibration as […]






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16 Things Every Vibration Analyst Hates to Hear!

June 3, 2014

Every analyst has a few things they really don’t want to hear during the course of their work. These comments often indicate that proper maintenance activities have not been performed on the equipment,  or convey unrealistic expectations of the analyst’s abilities. For instance: “It has always run like that!” “It really was making a noise […]






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The Vibration Analyst: War Stories

November 21, 2012

Every vibration analyst knows that our failures are quickly publicized throughout the facility or corporation. It is amazing how quickly this type of information is transmitted.  This is why most analysts develop a very thick skin or soon find another career path. It is important to make sure that your successes are publicized as well.  Management should […]






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For A Condition Monitoring Analyst, It’s Just The Facts

March 20, 2012

PLANT ENGINEERING • March 2012 Don’t contribute to unnecessary maintenance costs A condition monitoring analyst encounters many challenges. One of the primary ones is to determine when to report a defect finding. Should it be reported now or should reporting wait until the severity of the defect increases? How near is the problem that has been […]






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